Samoa set to swap driving sides

Samoa set to swap driving sides

Samoans are set to switch from driving on the right-hand side of the road to the left.

It will be the first nation in decades to officially swap from one side of the road to the other.

Critics have predicted traffic chaos as motorists stop following the US and European style of right-hand driving after nearly a century. They will now drive on the left as their counterparts in regional neighbours Australia and New Zealand do.

A two-day national holiday has been declared to decrease the rush of vehicles on the roads as well as a three-day alcohol ban to keep drink-driving at bay.

People in the south Pacific nation have offered prayers for a safe and smooth change across the country.

The CCCS Church of Samoa offered blessings for the nation at its Sunday services to try and ensure the switch goes smoothly.

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